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NHS names local Covid-19 'vaccine hubs'
Local Democracy Reporter
Covid-19 vaccines will be rolled out across the North East and Cumbria and people could be seen at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary from next week, it has emerged.
According to an NHS presentation seen by the Local Democracy Reporting Service, the hospital will be among the first in the country to be used as a vaccine hub, after the UK approved the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on Wednesday.
Middlesbrough’s James Cook Hospital is named as a site to deliver the vaccine in the first week of the roll-out, with North Tyneside General Hospital and the Freeman Hospital in the second week.
The NHS presentation also lists Whitehaven or Carlisle as a hub in week one of the process.
A report by Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust chief executive, Dame Jackie Daniel, said: “In October, Newcastle Hospitals was appointed as the lead provider for the development and provision of a Covid-19 Vaccine Hub for the North East and North Cumbria.
“A multi-professional and multi-agency programme team has been brought together to plan how a vaccination programme will work for the region, and is doing so working closely with partners from across the Integrated Care System.”
People in care homes, along with the staff who work in them, are expected to be among the first to receive the jabs.
Health and social care workers and adults who are extremely vulnerable due to health conditions are also a high priority.
Weather on the fells: Cloud moving in with spots of rain likely
Temperature at 3000 ft: Around -1C (30F), rising to 1 or 2C (34 to 36F) this afternoon.
Winds: North, backing north-west, moderate to fresh, with gusts of 20-30 mph.
Cloud: Cloud bases above the summits, but will tend to lower to around 2300ft (700m) towards sunset, especially across the north-western Lakes.
Weather: Any sunshine will soon give way to cloud moving in from the west. This may bring a few spots of rain in the afternoon, as it tends to thicken and lower. There's the chance of the odd brighter spell later in the afternoon towards sunset.
Visibility: Very good or excellent, but becoming poor on the higher peaks towards dusk, as the cloud lowers
The Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) has revealed it plans to be carbon neutral within five years.
The authority told the Local Democracy Reporting Service that it had already taken steps towards its goal including replacing its fleet of pool cars with electric vehicles, installing electric charging points and adding solar panels onto its buildings.
Chief executive Richard Leafe said he was very positive the plan could be achieved by 2025.
He said: “As a national park authority we have been working to reduce our carbon budget for the past decade and, as always, we set ourselves challenging targets.
“I’m pleased to confirm we are well on the way to achieving this and have already reduced our carbon footprint by 44% since 2010."